Synology DS124 NAS 1-Bay for the Synology 2024 Series

Brand New Synology DS124 Value Series NAS Revealed

Do you remember when owning your own private server was an incredibly complex, expensive, and intimidating proposition? Yeah, me too. However, the acceleration in how this kind of technology has become considerably more user-friendly and considerably smaller has been extraordinary, and few areas of the private server ownership market have seen that level of transition more than one-bay NAS devices. For a long time, one HDD servers were considered something of a joke, thought of more as Billy-Basic “hard drives connected to the internet”, with most brands rarely affording them anything more than the most inexpensive processors and barely featured services. Fast forward to 2023/2024 and things are considerably more nuanced! Thanks to a more uniform and cost-effective approach to the hardware inside each tier of a manufacturer’s portfolio, we are more and more seeing the hardware, features and support that you typically find in larger two and four-bay devices being made available to these rather modest one-bay systems. This brings us to the subject of today’s article, the new Synology DS124 NAS, the follow-up to the five years older DS118 released in 2017/2018. Arriving with a nearly identical hardware architecture to the rest of the value series in Synology’s 23/24 range, this is possibly the lowest priced current generation Synology you can buy, but still supports the majority of Synology’s DSM platform. So, let’s find out if this fantastically modest yet capable NAS deserves your data.

What Are the Hardware Specifications of the Synology DS124 NAS

As previously mentioned, the DS124 is the latest entry into Synology’s current 2023/2024 value series and features hardware very similar to the two-bay and four-bay devices in that range. Although we have seen tremendous innovation within one-bay NAS devices in recent years, we are still yet to see this brand roll out a one-bay NAS with anything higher than an ARM processor. Give them credit though, this is quite a capable ARM processor, and it would have been very easy for them to cut corners and opt for a lower-class Marvel or Annapurna AL processor in order to keep costs low. The Synology DS124 arrives with the Realtek RTD1619B quad-core ARM processor, which has a 1.7Ghz clock speed and even has a smidgen of integrated graphic support too. This processor certainly will not rival even the most modest Intel Celeron in capabilities, but Synology has been doing great things in ensuring its latest software, DSM 7.2, runs on this platform exceptionally well. The extent to which DSM runs will be discussed later on, as ARM processors have a very unique architecture that also has an inherent difficulty when it comes to more complex processes, but fair play to Synology for including this CPU on such a value series device and after already testing this CPU in the likes of the DS223J, DS223, and DS423 here on the channel, I can comfortably say this is the best value series CPU the brand has ever used and definitely runs the bulk of Synology’s mainline home and light business backup applications.

Synology NAS Synology DS124 NAS
Chassis
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CPU Model Realtek RTD1619B
CPU Type ARM
CPU Architecture 64-bit
CPU Frequency 4-core 1.7 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine Yes
System Memory 1 GB DDR4 non-ECC
Drive Bays 1
Hot Swappable Drive* No
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port* 1
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port* 2
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm
Weight 0.71 kg
System Fan 60 mm x 60 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed Mode Full-Speed Mode
Cool Mode
Quiet Mode
Low-power Mode
Brightness Adjustable Front LED Indicators Yes
Power Recovery Yes
Scheduled Power On / Off Yes
Wake on LAN / WAN Yes
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 36 W
Warranty 2-year hardware warranty, extendable to 4 years with Extended Warranty Plus

The Synology DS124 also arrives with 1GB of DDR4 memory, soldered to the board and cannot be upgraded. On the one hand, not being able to upgrade this memory is something of a pain as even moderate use of Synology DSM 7.2 is going to push this allocated memory quantity quite hard. However, this is still a pretty decent baseline memory to have once you factor in the total cost of the device. And, as mentioned, we have already tested the system services on the nearly identical two-bay DS223J which arrives with the same CPU and 1GB memory and ran DSM very well.

In terms of expandability however, the Synology DS124 lacks a considerable amount of scalability both in terms of its internal storage and its long-term expandability. As this is a one-bay NAS, you will be unsurprised to hear that any kind of RAID support is massively off the table and indeed hot-swapping is simply not feasible on a device that is going to be running its entire storage system services from a single drive. Likewise, once you reach full capacity on this drive, even after getting over the fact you will have zero RAID safety nets in place, there is no means to attach an expansion device to the DS124. So despite innovations in one-bay NAS architecture in recent years, there is still a tremendously low glass ceiling here in terms of your long-term storage scalability. And I will not even touch on the lack of M.2 NVMe bays, which no one would have assumed Synology would have included at this storage tier.

In terms of ports and connectivity, everything is pretty familiar and nearly identical to that of its predecessor. Arriving with a single LAN port on the rear, at 1GbE/Gigabit architecture, this is okay I suppose and possibly a limitation of the CPU’s supported network adapters to exceed this speed, but it is worth highlighting that even modest grade hard drives these days can easily exceed 160 to 200 MB/s transfer rates, and if you are going to go above 10 TB (which let’s face it if you are only running a single drive inside the system, is pretty likely) then this performance number goes even higher. Therefore, that single external Gigabit Ethernet port will serve as a slight bottleneck and although the rest of the system architecture may struggle to saturate the likes of a 2.5GbE port here, it might well have been appreciated. Given the relatively low-cost difference at the production level between 1GbE and 2.5GbE. This would not be so bad if the system supported USB network adapter upgrades that these days can be purchased for as little as $20 for a 2.5G USB upgrade. However, Synology has substantially downgraded USB support on their devices and DSM. It’s stated that the low frequency of users utilizing these ports did not justify the potential security risks posed to the system with more open-ended USB compatibility of peripherals and devices beyond storage drives.

The USB ports on the DS124 are all USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 5Gbps, and I am not going to give Synology too much of a hard time on this as 1) They have very rarely engaged with larger 10G Gen 2 USB on any other device already, and 2) I’m not wholly convinced that this CPU supports USB Gen 2 architecture. The fact that compatibility of USB on this device is rather restricted is definitely going to annoy some, especially that lack of network adapter support, but all in all the ports and connections on the DS124 are not too bad and perfectly adequate for the price point.

What Are the Software Specifications of the Synology DS124 NAS

Although it is very easy for us to spend a lot of time critiquing Synology for the level of hardware that their systems arrive with, it cannot be denied that in the software department, Synology still largely rules the whole of the NAS industry. Although alternatives from the likes of QNAP and their QTS platform are edging closer, Synology DSM 7.2 is a fantastically well-featured, hugely capable, and tremendously user-friendly platform for network attached storage users. That is why when weighing up the price tag of any Synology NAS, including the DS124, you need to factor in the cost of DSM as part of that investment. I’m pleased to confirm, thanks to previous testing of other NASdevices built on this architecture, that DSM 7.2 runs very well on the DS124 and although certain key premium applications are not available due to this ARM architecture, you still have access to the bulk of Synology applications.

Some of you may wonder why big premium applications such as Synology Virtual Machine Manager, Active Backup Suite, Write Once Read Many (WORM) support, volume encryption, and SHR are not available on the DS124 NAS. This is simply down to that ARM-based processor and the way in which it handles instructions to the rest of the system. All processes made by a CPU are delivered via strings of binary instruction to and from the processor, and the more complex the process, the more detailed and lengthy the command. ARM-based processors are more typically used in more power-efficient devices such as mobile devices and those designed to run for days, weeks, months, or years at a time. ARM processors are able to run at much better power efficiency than x86 CPUs from Intel and AMD thanks to their ability to compress these instructions significantly internally and therefore use fewer system resources in order to get the average task actioned. This combined with recent innovations in 64-bit ARM processors is how the DS124 can do so much more with its ARM processor in 2023 than other ARM processors in older generation Synology NAS. However, some commands are simply too complex or nuanced to be easily compressed, especially those of a highly graphical nature, and therefore, these larger AAA+ services from Synology are simply not possible on an ARM-based NAS like the DS124. Nevertheless, it is still impressive that this system can run the bulk of Synology’s Surveillance Station camera operations with multiple cameras, AI facial recognition in Synology Photos, the full multimedia suite, Office collaboration suite of applications that include Mail, Office, Chat, and Drive. And of course, there is Synology Hyper Backup and USB Copy that allows you to mitigate some of the redundancy limitations of a one-bay NAS and factor in local and remote backups to other servers, USB, and the cloud. If you are looking for access to the baseline applications from Synology and have lower frequency demands, there is a lot to love in the more modest but effective range of services open to the DS124 in DSM. Alternatively, you can watch our Synology DS223 NAS Review video below and watch the software section of the review (it will skip directly to that part in the video below, just click play, or click HERE)

Next, let’s discuss how much improvement/difference we have in the DS124 against the DS118 NAS that it is seemingly refreshing for 2023.

How Does the Synology DS124 compare with the DS118 NAS?

On the face of it, the DS124 and the DS118 NAS are incredibly similar and upon closer inspection, it seems the only difference between them comes down to the CPU. The older generation DS118 arrives with the Realtek RTD1296 processor and the newer DS124 arrives with the Realtek RTD1619b. Both are 64-bit ARM processors, in quad-core architecture, and with limited integrated graphics for handling HEVC and 4K multimedia to a greater or lesser degree. So, how does the DS124 serve as an upgrade or refresh? Well, it is simply that the newest CPU benefits from years of additional development by Realtek and is even more efficient in how it handles processes compared to its predecessor. It also benefits from a higher clock speed that, although only marginal, is still an increase from 1.4 GHz to 1.7 GHz per core, with a slight tweak in improving the ARM-based integrated graphics too.

Note: GREEN = Better

Synology NAS Synology DS118 NAS Synology DS124 NAS
Chassis
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CPU Model Realtek RTD1296 Realtek RTD1619B
CPU Type ARM ARM
CPU Architecture 64-bit 64-bit
CPU Frequency 4-core 1.4 GHz 4-core 1.7 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine Yes Yes
System Memory 1 GB DDR4 non-ECC 1 GB DDR4 non-ECC
Drive Bays 1 1
Hot Swappable Drive* No No
External Ports
Port Layout
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 1  
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port* 1 1
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port* 2 2
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm
Weight 0.7 kg 0.71 kg
System Fan 60 mm x 60 mm x 1 pcs 60 mm x 60 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed Mode Full-Speed Mode
Cool Mode
Quiet Mode
Low-power Mode
Full-Speed Mode
Cool Mode
Quiet Mode
Low-power Mode
Brightness Adjustable Front LED Indicators Yes Yes
Power Recovery Yes Yes
Scheduled Power On / Off Yes Yes
Wake on LAN / WAN Yes Yes
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 36 W 36 W
Warranty 2-year hardware warranty, extendable to 4 years with Extended Warranty Plus 2-year hardware warranty, extendable to 4 years with Extended Warranty Plus
Ultimately, this results in the DS124 having an edge in terms of application handling and total frequency of processes that is higher than the DS118. However, those improvements are only really going to be felt by the system when it is in high-frequency use. Users looking at running simple operations, small amounts of tasks at any given time, and really running the system for very light multimedia needs are not really going to notice the difference. But those that have slightly higher demand in mind or in plans for what they are going to use the system for over time, may well see the benefit in the more powerful yet efficient hardware on offer in the newer model.

When Will the Synology DS124 NAS Drive Be Released and What is the Price?

Although a formal release of the Synology DS124 and availability is still yet to be fully confirmed, we can make some pretty educated guesses. Thanks to multiple listings of the Synology DS124 already having appeared online on multiple European websites, we can largely predict that the DS124 will be available to buy around late July or early August 2023. Additionally, Synology will almost certainly be maintaining a similar price point to its predecessor, the DS118, as this has been Synology’s strategy in many of the more recent refreshes of their portfolio this year. You can fully expect the DS124 to be priced more affordably than many of their plus series range, in keeping with the system’s more modest hardware, stature, and reflective of the comparatively fewer expandability options that it has. If you’re interested in checking availability, use the provided links below to verify with your local retailer. Any purchase made using these links will result in a small commission for us here at NAS Compares, which helps support me (Robbie) and Eddie to continue doing what we love. Thank you and have a great week.

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Original Rumour Article from MAY ’23:

The Synology DS124 NAS Coming Soon

If you’ve been considering Synology as an affordable and power-efficient NAS drive option in 2023, it’s highly likely that you’re curious about the possible release of the DS124, the successor to the ‘standard series’ DS118 which has been on the market for over five years. I’m pleased to confirm that reliable sources have indicated that Synology intends to launch this new 1-Bay NAS in their standard class tier, likely within the next few months. Moreover, there have been a few possible slips in the official download site (along with an inadvertent reveal when the DSM 7.2 public beta first rolled out) that largely confirm that the DS124 NAS is ‘a thing’! Now, it’s worth mentioning straight off the bat that NO OFFICIAL release or announcement of the DS124 NAS has been made, but it seems largely confirmed from what we have seen. The reason I mention this is because there are still things we do not know. The main thing being the memory (1GB or 2GB?) and it’s impact on the extent of DSM’s support on it. So, although I am positive that the DS124 NAS ‘is a thing’, if you are on the fence about buying a backup and your backup strategy is not 100% right now – DO NOT take this article as a reason to sit on the fence longer! We have already reviewed the DS223 here (the 2-Bay version of this), and it is definitely a better choice than the current 1-Bay DS118 you might have been considering! Anyway, let’s discuss the DS124 NAS.

Note. Previously, we alluded to this NAS in an article way back in October 2022 (we also saw official indications of the DS123 appear + sources adding to it) HERE. It would appear that the release of the DS123 was either held back in favour of the DS223 and DS423 taking priority in terms of popularity and existing stock levels, leading to the change from DS123 to DS124.

What Are the Hardware Specifications of the Synology DS124 NAS?

Our understanding of the DS124’s specifications remains quite limited at this point. However, we expect the hardware to align with previously released Diskstation 1-Bay devices in this hardware tier, such as the DS116 and DS118, and likely mirror the CPU and a proportion of DSM support of the DS223/DS423 released earlier IN 2023. Additionally, Synology published a link in their download section to a few applications that were designed to be deployed on a ‘DS124’ (see the snapshot replication package below):

We can make a few educated guesses about the DS124’s hardware based on Synology’s past decisions and the current state of favoured NAS hardware in the Value series. It’s widely believed that the DS123 will feature the Realtek RTD1619b ARMv8-A processor released in late 2020, which we have already established arrives with DSM 7.1 /DSM 7.2 support (see my overview of the humble DS120j running DSM 7.2 competently HERE). This four-core processor boasts improved native 1080p and 4K support over its predecessor (though its ARM embedded onboard graphics are not going to be much use for higher-end conversions), the RTD1296. Indeed, you can watch my 4K Plex NAS testing fo the DS223 NAS HERE (live later this week). Likewise, its support of DSM in the bulk of available applications is going to be good, though there are still question marks at the time of writing with regard to the default memory (more on that in a bit). As it stands though, these are the rumoured specifications for the Synology DS124 NAS 1-Bay:

CPU
CPU Model Realtek RTD1619B
CPU Quantity 1
CPU Architecture ARM 64-bit
CPU Frequency 4-core 1.7 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine Yes
Memory
System Memory 1 GB DDR4 non-ECC (TBC!!! Based on Predecessor)
Storage
Drive Bays 1
Compatible Drive Type
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD (with optional 2.5″ Disk Holder)
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD (with optional 2.5″ Disk Holder)
Hot Swappable Drive* No, It’s a Closed Chassis
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 1 (TBC!!! Based on Predecessor)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port* 2 (TBC!!! Based on Predecessor)
File System
Internal Drives
  • EXT4 (BTRFS Support is based on Default Memory, still TBC)
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm
Weight 0.7 kg
Others
System Fan 60 mm x 60 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
  • Low-power Mode
Brightness Adjustable Front LED Indicators Yes
Power Recovery Yes
Noise Level* 16.7 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On / Off Yes
Wake on LAN / WAN Yes
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 36 W

While the DS124 is likely to be a largely identical range of connections to the 1GbE x1 and USB 3.2 Gen 1 of it’s 5yr Predecessor, few expected Synology to ramp things up at this tier and include a 2.5G network connection or 10Gb/s USB in their value system. Likewise, that CPU has limited support of these anyway. The DS124, following the pattern of the DS2xx and DS4xx series, will likely feature 1GB of non-upgradable memory to ensure that DSM 7/7.1/7.2 operates smoothly with its base-level functions. However, it is not confirmed yet if Synology (to keep things up to date and allow better support of things such as BTRFS or Container Manager) will up the base level memory here to 2GB (keeping ti comparable to the DS223 and DS423). Of course, whatever the default memory will be, it will 100% be NON-UPGRADABLE. This has been the case with previously released ARM-powered NAS and given how the other Value Series Synology NAS have been rolled out, this will certainly be the case here. Therefore the default memory of the DS124 is going to be a big deciding factor in what this device will be capable of. Things like VMs will be 100% off the table (as will Synology Active Backup Suite, SHA or the benefits of WORM/Encrypted Vols found in DSM 7.2). but even if it has just 1GB of memory, you will still have a good % of the Synology collaboration suite (Synology Drive, Chat, Office, etc), standard media apps such as Synology Audio/Video station/Photos and the Hyper Backup application in DSM 7.2. Here is an example of DSM running on this processor (albeit with 2GB DDR4 Memory):

HDD compatibility for the DS124 remains speculative at this point, but once again we can look at how the DS223 and DS423 have been presented for a better idea. It’s already been largely confirmed that Synology will introduce a more affordable HDD series alongside their enterprise HAT5300s. These more ‘regular class’ NAS hard drives are the HAT3300 Plus Series Synology drives that will be optional vs the likes of Seagate/WD. Here is how the HDD Compatibility is approached on the DS223 (same architecture):

Synology (at the time of writing) has still yet to officially introduce their new standard class HAT3300 plus series HDDs, but you can find out more about them and their Seagate Ironwolf design in the video below:

When will the Synology DS124 NAS Be Released and what will the Price be?

The first interesting thing to note here is that the Synology DS124 NAS is the first of the Diskstation system’s from the brand to arrive in the 2024/x24 model series. More often than not these have arrived from late July/August onwards of the previous year (so, in this case, 2023). That said, Synology has never been overly keen to release a solution in the August/holiday period (with only a few exceptions to date). Then you need to consider that packages in the offical download center have appeared (intentionally/accidentally?) that allude to the DS124 NAS already, which then suggests that this NAS is looking at a release very soon. Therefore, with this article being composed towards the end of May, we are likely looking at a release for the DS124 very soon indeed (next month-two) OR September. The price/Cost of the Synology DS124 are almost certainly going to be comparable to the DS118 at launch, so approximately $180-190, with 2yrs warranty.

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158 thoughts on “Synology DS124 NAS 1-Bay for the Synology 2024 Series

  1. I’m thinking of getting this ? I have a NAS DS713+ since 2015 but is having issues in 2024. Wlil the HDD in the NASDS713+, which I think are 3.5inch fit, work in the DS223j.

    Thanks.
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  2. Thanks for the review. I need some urgent advice. My very old DS214 failed a few months after i upgraded the HDD to a Toshiba N300 8 Gb. Moving to other brands will require formating right? I do not want to format the drive so if i were to go with the DS233 can i just plug my drive and expect it to read off the bat? Thanks
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  3. Hi – really like your reviews! Great work. English is perfect btw. I’m new to hardware and tired of cloud prices.. so considering NAS. I use docker and wondering what the implications are if it isn’t docker compatible. Are we saying if I wish to use docker and the file paths are on the NAS 223j, then I couldn’t get access via docker. TY
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  4. Hi and good evening,
    I need your help i am annoyed of having 2-3 small external hard drives(256-500gb).
    And to move them around from desktop to laptop and to take on trips .
    I store movies photos from camera and 3d files.
    And i was thinking of getting a small 2bay NAS to add like 4Tb at first one HDD.
    I was thinking of getting the DS223j since its at 200€ and it a good size for my case.
    But I wanted to ask if i can easily stream from it either inside the same network for example smart Tv (TCL 2023 model) . Or even when in a hotel to stream to my phone and then cast to local smart Tv. Will this work with this model?
    I read about it doesn’t have much power to do transcoding but doesn’t newer tvs and phones play 1080p files without problem? Can i test by simply adding the movie file to a usb and check if the tv plays it fine?
    Any thoughts?
    I dont need more than two bay for sure.
    Thanks in advance
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  5. I have been working with the DS120j single bay version. I need to have the ability to ether create four volumes to control size or four shared folders for the same reason. The DS120j will not support either, seems the software is limited, wondering if this dual bay is the same way.
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  6. I bought the DS124… before i had the DS213j with only one 8tb drive – i do not need a raid at home, its only for fun – but i have always a backup made with HyperBackup. Restoring need something about 2-3 days for 4tb. I think this is ok! All services are running fine (smb, afp, TM, SynologyDrive, upnp etc). My dns-server-filter is running on raspberry. The complete installation spares a lot of power – Fritzbox Router+Raspberry+Nas max 23w/h . The only teardrop for the DS124 – no rubbers for the drive – the DS213j is with rubbers.
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  7. It’s great to see a thorough review of the Synology ds-223, especially for home users. The value and simplicity of this NAS are appealing, and the one-touch USB copy button is a thoughtful addition for backups. However, it’s a bit disappointing to still have only one GbE port in this day and age. I agree that offering 2.5 GbE or USB adapter support would have been a significant improvement. Nonetheless, for those looking to dip their toes into the world of NAS, this seems like a reasonable entry point.
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  8. I am a somewhat of a “heavy” user of OneDrive and Google Photos. I am an early adopter of OneDrive, and I’ve been using Google photos since the days it was completely free and “unlimited”, so that gives you an idea how much I rely on them. All my docs and pictures, and even my family’s are on those cloud solutions.

    But recently I got frigging tired of Microsoft and Google of asking more money every time I come even remotely close to my storage limit. They literally pop up a banner every time something was uploaded, saying “upgrade this, upgrade that for $x.99!!!”

    I don’t have a lot of money, but I finally got around to ordering the DS223j and a couple of 10TB nas disks this Black Friday. I think it will be good way to start my own hosted “cloud”.

    Wish me luck on the transition.
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  9. [00:14] Hey there! I totally get your concern about the whole spy balloon thing. It’s crazy to think that something as innocuous as a weather balloon could potentially be used for spying. Privacy is a real concern these days. ????
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  10. i have the problem with DSM 7 that the IPSEC server does not run well, and there are connection problems, but when using 6,2 the problems are disappered. Is there a fault in DSM7 ??
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  11. Hi,
    I love your reviews.
    Can you tell me if i can link my very old synology nas to this one, just looking to access all the old films and pictures on the old nas via the new nas just to avoid having to transfer everything, (use old nas as just extra storage)
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  12. I have a question. Looking at the NAS Compares comparison article on Synology 2 Bay devices, it states that 2.5inch SSD’s are optional in relation to the mounting trays, or so it seems to me based on the description in the comparison table. It’s confusing and this review doesn’t suggest you need some optional bit of kit to mount 2.5inch SSD’s.

    What’s going on?
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  13. I updated to DSM 7.2 from 6.2 a few days ago and wish I hadn’t. I use Linux almost exclusively and access everything via NFS. Before the update everything was fine. After the update I lost all access and had to reconfigure the NFS permissions on all shared folders. After taking care of that I found that I only had read only access to about half the files on the NAS. For reasons I honestly don’t understand the files were owned by a user that was removed during the update. After changing ownership on anything I needed read/write access to I was ok. Maybe a Windows user wouldn’t have run into these problems but from a Linux perspective the update was less than ideal. I am mostly a QNAP user (I understand and can take care of my own network security, thank you) and never had an update go as roughly as this. I am not impressed with either DSM or the hardware Synology tends to use in all but the super expensive models. I doubt I will ever buy another one of their products,
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  14. Thank you Rob! The cheap price of the DS223j makes me considering to purchase it and use it as remote backup to my DS920+ (via Hyper Backup). Do you think its a good backup solution? Or maybe I should considering purchase some more advanced NAS for this kind of job?
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  15. Hmm, the compatibility thing was not something I was expecting. I have an old DS213 air that’s still working great but I was thinking of getting another device before it stops working (easier to migrate when both work after all…) and was thinking that easiest would be if I can just move the drives to the new NAS and keep going… What are the odd that drives compatible with an older model but now not on the list simply won’t work? :p Have an old 4TB Red and a 4TB Gold.
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  16. Hey thanks for your reviews, i need a home server running some TBs of memory in network mode for home storage like photos some files etc, is it enough? does it run windows on it?
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  17. Thanks for the review, in the video you show a seagate 20tb hdd, i want to buy this nas and i like to use the toshiba 20tb disk, do you know if this drives are compatible without losing space? Thanks!
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  18. Hello,

    If i buy a DS124 Synology. is it posible to install Active Backup for Business? you just can download the offline version and install it on the NAS.
    Or will Synology block this program? Does sombody try this before?

    Kind regards.

      1. Just found this, after purchasing a DS124 to get Btrfs and then not seeing Active Backup for Business. Feeling scammed.

  19. Hi, I would need a little help here. I am buying my first NAS. The main purpose of it should be replacing Google Photos. I am planning of putting about 8TB of storage inside of it. But I cannot choose between QNAP TS-233 and Synology DS223j. On one hand the QNAP is more powerful, but I heard that Synology has better software. Anyway feature that I use very often in Google Photos is searching using AI. For example if I want to search photo of my car, so I just type “car” and it shows me pictures of my car. I wonder which of the phone apps (QuMagie or Synology Photos) is overall better and also wnich have the better AI recognition. Or should I just choose QNAP for the hardware? I will be very greatfull for any opinion.
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  20. Great Video – very helpful. we have a WD 8TB drive and its so slow. do you know a drive that would not be so slow? just want to make sure i put great fast drives in the new 2bay. thank you.
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  21. So i got my DS223j yesterday and got it all setup. I installed practically half of their DSM applications while transferring data and indexing and updating and playing a video through video station. I was trying to see if i could break it haha. Well long story short it worked flawlessly even while doing many things at once. In fact it never went above 71% memory usage. I dont feel so far that ram is going to be an issue for this machine its going to be the CPU when indexing, in particular indexing videos for video station that process will make the CPU go to 95%. While its doing that my memory usage was only like 41%.

    So far i cant find a situation where you would need more ram you cant run VMs on this thing and DSM is extremely memory efficient. The cpu is certainly going to be the bottleneck that being said it ran very very well. I can see where the older version such as the 220j would certainly be memory starved.

    The only issue i had with this system is antivirus essentials taking 8 hours to update its virus definitions all the while using 300-400mb of ram…… Like really synology why the heck does it take that long to get virus definitions makes no sense whatsoever?

    Also i think anyone else would probably have even better performance as im using 3tb red drives from 2014 as i cant afford new ones at the moment so im using ones from my old NAS. That being said i didnt have any issues but i feel the system could perform even better with newer drives.
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  22. This video is what convinced me to get the 223j instead of the 223. Why becuase your only using 56% of 512mb of ram and running dsm 7.2. So I couldnt justify spending 34% ($65) more for 1gb extra ram and 1 extra usb port. It just dosnt make sense when the 223j will run everything the 223 does including container manager. With that being said yes you cant run everything at once but i dont plan to anyway.
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  23. I sent my trusty DS918+ packing in favour of an Asustor box. My 220j is my monthly backup NAS with a couple of WD Red 6TB drives in them. When that NAS finally dies I’ll either go all in on Asustor or get a 2 bay Terradata (think that’s their name) to try that out. What HDDs I choose to use is none of their business and I’m not buying their ‘branded’ drive (Toshiba) to give them more money. Nor am I buying a 10Gbps dongle/add on when my Asustor came with dual 2.5Gbps out of the box. Synology has well and truly lost the plot. Good vid though, I should swing by more often…
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  24. Finally someone explaining why one might, or might not, move to DSM7.2 My DS218+ had the ‘does not update automatically” message and that leaves one wondering why not – is there a potential problem; will something go awry. I was concerned at the long list of “new” security and am pleased to learn that these are, or will shortly be, included in 7.1
    I think that Synology could have made the update benefits ( or not) much clearer than they have; and you did. Thanks.
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  25. I got my parents a DS218j a while back and its been running well for 4+ years now. Two 4TB drives in RAID1. Primarily it is just a Plex (direct play, no need for transcoding in 2023) system, Time Machine and general file sharing. I got it for £130 in 2019, can’t remember the price of the drives but that’s a separate thing anyway. For £130 it has probably been one of the best tech gadget purchases I’ve made for them followed by the M1 MacBook Air which has been the first computer ever I’ve never had to do tech support for. I am not an Apple fan but can’t deny those M1 Air’s are damn good machines. 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD was a smidge higher than a comparable Dell or Lenovo of the same form factor but performance and battery life was in another league. Don’t regret getting them a MacBook for a second. Getting into the Synology world is a bit like getting into the Apple world. Sure it is less flexible than a custom solution but it’s hassle free and reliable which is sometimes all you want.
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  26. I have a DS218j and have no intention to change or upgrade. I am a low end user and utilise PLEX (server) and photo storage works perfectly. White also suits my office setup. If your new to NAS and you don’t need to be a show pony the DS223j will be a good choice.
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  27. 7.2…I don’t want to say it CAUSED my file system to crash, but let’s just say it was running fine before I installed 7.2 (918+)…now it’s in Read-Only mode, I’m moving 20 years of data off to a TrueNAS box I had to throw together..and I’m kinda pissed about it.
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  28. May I please ask where I can find and learn about info upgrading my DS918+ to the latest DSM 7.2 update?

    I’d like to know what features I’d lose and what features I’d gain. Basically is it a good idea to update my version 7.1.
    Or if its not broken then don’t fix it?

    I have found the manual download, and it is ready to update. However I have not pulled the trigger because I got a warning window to do some stuff first in case I get kicked out of my NAS box.

    Cheers
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  29. I’ve been looking forward to Synology releasing a lower cost Synology drive since the 5300 series came out. My biggest concern is that it will work with XS series NAS since I mostly use them. For example, I’d love to upgrade to the DS3622xs+ but won’t because it requires 5300 series drives. I’d consider upgrading if they verified 3300 series.
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  30. DSM 7.2 = NO DISABLED ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT — UNPLUG YOUR MOUSE AND TRY TO USE DSM 7.2

    Being blind is not the only disability! NVDA is not appropriate or useful for every disability! And indeed, makes using DSM by voice or keyboard a nightmare.

    Each and every DSM desktop function MUST have a KEYBOARD SHORTCUT/Navigation with the keyboard MUST include FEEDBACK – WHAT ICON IS SELECTED? WHAT WINDOW INPUT ITEM HAS FOCUS? What will happen if ENTER is pressed? How are controls selected by voice?

    Example 1: Try to select the PERSONAL MENU by KEYBOARD or VOICE
    Example 2: Try to select a specific Pinned Menu item (icon) by KEYBOARD or VOICE
    Example 3: Even selecting Main Menu items is a nightmare – NO FEEDBACK – can’t tell which icon is selected!
    Example 4: After entering a Control Panel item (like Network) – NO FEEDBACK – can’t tell which control item is selected.

    WCAG 2.1 guidelines: apps must be accessible to users with impairments to their mobility – like those who find it difficult to use a mouse.
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  31. DSM 7.x basically requires an additional RAM upgrade for the NAS to run smoothly and respond quicker. Any NAS that doesn’t have upgradable RAM could struggle with each new DSM release.
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  32. Hi, has Synology corrected the vulnerability you disclosed during the beta? You said pressing the reset button allows a burglar to login as an admin and see the encrypted volume already mounted. Synology replied to you this should be corrected… is it now? Thanks.
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  33. I don’t get it. You start a NAS review and start it out by alienating 50% of your potential viewers? I think Biden, allowing those Chinese balloons fly over the United States was poor, poor decision making bordering on criminal. So you’ve lost my thumbs up and subscribe. I’m only one person calling you out on it. How many others did you piss off? Not a great way to start your videos.
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  34. What DSM 7.x features are actually worth it to upgrade from 6.2 for the average home user (I use my NAS for Plex, streaming music, my photography archive and backup)?
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  35. You incorect I hosted old websites on my DS718+ – thaat old websites requayed PHP 5.6 to run upgrade them for example php 7.4 not make sence becouse for me all custom screapts I must reduing again and reistall websites from begining – for me is to mach money and time process – I asked Synology support about it and they are tell me something like this: “PHP 5.6. is end of life thats why We droped PHP 5.6 on DSM 7.2 and newer versions of DSM.” – for me I not se reason to install DSM 7.2 if I know this: Upgrading to DSM 7.2 broke all web part of my homelab installation – I simply don’t have time to reinstall it again on difrent engine
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  36. Excellent video. I have a DS420J, which was my first entry into NAS about 3 years ago. I was wondering if you have made a video about migrating/upgrading to new hardware? I’m guessing it’s not as easy as getting a new iPhone???
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  37. it takes 3 days of time to transfer 650gb of photos and videos? around 30k files overall, video transfer and larger file is fast @100-110mb/s on 1GbE network (expected)
    BUT when it comes to small files aka photos, my god does it take long time, is this normal? its like 1 photo every 3-5sec, its super slow
    oh, and I’m connected directly to NAS and my PC is also on ethernet
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  38. Se me han puesto los dientes largos con las opciones del dispositivo. Vengo de un D-Link del año 2011 (lo jubilé de casa en 2021) y un WD de 2018, que lleva 1 semana sin poder acceder a mis archivos por internet por un ciberataque que han sufrido los servidores de WD el 26 de abril, aún sin respuesta. Espero que tras los más de 300 euros que me voy a gastar en España, me sirva para que esto no ocurra de nuevo y de paso tener la sensación de poder usar un escritorio remoto en mi tableta cuando salgo de viaje.
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  39. you what’s the best solution to save files or whatever is to buy an external hard drive and connect it to a computer and save, unplug and you’re done. no mess ho headache
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  40. I’m checking out the Seagate X20 20TB’s. (Honestly the only thing that got me on Synology is just the ui, justified the price as if it included a “windows” license)

    Wish they supported Lorex on surveillance station (beyond onvif)
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  41. If they are doing HDD’s so they can create software popups and other DSM annoyances if you dont buy their overpriced drives … then no, I will stick to my 918+ and Seagate drives. Is Synology the NAS version of the eponymous Corsair example of proprietariness? Not interested in Corsair and possibly new Synology in the future.
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  42. If you want a 4TB HDD, do not look further than a refurbished HGST Megascale under 40 USD. It is THE world most reliable drive confirmed by Backblaze. It is quiet and consistent. The only issue is overheating when used in a fan-less enclosure like WD My Cloud. Using for Synology/QNAP etc is completely fine.
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  43. I’d love to actually know what “tweaks” Synology has made to the Ironwolf firmware. I can’t see they’ve done much. How can a drive that is already optimized for NAS operation benefit any more from a vendor specific version? Doesn’t really make sense to me and I suspect it’s Synology looking to profit by a simple re-badging.

    Oh, Synology, I just received DSM 7.1 update 4 the other day and still no Ironwolf Health Management support recognized on my Seagate 4Tb Ironwolf drives, model ST4000VNZ06. Why isn’t the IHM option available to DSM regardless of what model Ironwolf drive is installed?

    I only recently purchased my first Synology and DSM is indeed very impressive, but if they continue to slowly attempt to lock down their eco system, I shall opt for QNAP next time around.
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  44. yup, next step will be looking all theirs NAS to only Synology HDDs, exactly like LaCie many years ago, well, that is why LaCie as NAS devices dosen’t exist anymore. So basically they continue the path of proprietary hardware so they can exploit more money from clients.
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  45. 20TB would be nice, as Seagate make them in 20TB, so long as Synology don’t lock us to this model I think its fine, If they had a bundle of NAS + Synology HDD that works out lower cost than using other brands it might be logical
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  46. As long these (and other HATxxx) drives remains as options and not as requirements to properly setup an NAS are good news, but I’m sceptical about Synology management which seems intoxicated with greed.
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  47. Sadly, with covid, paper sticker prices have skyrocketed to 300-600 usd each, so that’s why synology hard drives are so expensive. Plus, someone has to put the stickers on the hard drives. All in all, a bargain! /sarcasm
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  48. that the firmware is tailored to DSM also allows Synology to say we give them 5 years of warranty but you can’t migrate them because these drive are no longer supported by DSM. i hate that synology is locking down it’s eco system.
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  49. These are pointless and stupid and do nothing more than giving the company reasons to eventually lock down their units to prevent using other drives. These do not need to exist and tolerating it is telling the company that it’s okay to continue gouging and restricting their devices.
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  50. A couple weeks ago I bought an Xbox S – roughly the price of this NAS. The box came with a 5cm hole, but there’s not even a scratch on the device thanks to good quality protective cardboard structure.

    So no, this is not dull. And the fact that anyone would package fragile electronics this way – knowing many (if not most) of consumers will buy online – is just sad. My coffee beans come in better boxes.
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  51. If I get right – this thing can’t transcode direct play, BUT i CAN play files on devices thrue the SMB/DLNA file streaming (by recources of device who trying to open this video files). Right?
    I deffenently ready to my first NAS)) But noobs is so noobies))
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  52. I was expecting a comparison between the DS723+*, DS220, similar Qnap Systems and DIY NAS. Why buy, or not buy this NAS. A deal comparison with DS220 + HDD included vs this + buying more expensive seperate HDD. Instead I felt I was being read a Wikipedia page and the specs.

    Also I wish you’d sometimes explain the shortcuts like DSM, because its very vold now in Switzerland and I was outside going for a walk wihile listening to this and I couldnt always pull out the Phone after every shortcut I didnt understand. Maybe in future you can explain some of them in 1 short sentence. Explaining each and every shortcut in the next – total guess – 10 videos for new NAS users like myself.

    *You did mention it but where was the reasoning? Why not invest 100.- more. Whats the comparison, pros and cons. Your reasoning is: buy this if your new to NAS, so you can tipeditoe with this one, untill your toes are ready for a better NAS? What? Its not funny, its a long Video and at the end Im not being explained why this one, why not 723+, why not 220? Qnap?
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  53. Thanks for the review. I am looking for my first nas and since 223 released I have a question: should I buy DS223 or Qnap TS-230 (it’s 2 times cheaper) or add a little money and buy DS220+?
    Thanks in advance
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  54. Hi. Im planning build a NAS with a Qnap TS-230. A friend recomend using a Rasbery pi and use two drives. Do you have experience on this? Can it have sync files like Qnap one? Raid1?
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  55. Completely O.T. : Robbie, would you consider a video on which upgrades you would suggest for several use cases. For example, where would you add memory ? An SSD cache ? Etc. And, while we’re here, perhaps another video where, instead of starting with a particular NAS, start with 4 or 5 use cases and discuss what those users should be considering in their choice of a NAS. CPU’s, memory, cache, data transfer rates in/out, graphics processing, etc ? Maybe 2 or 3 NAS choices per use case.
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  56. Hey there! I really gotta compliment you on your ability to pump out daily, quality content. I only recently got into PCs and NAS, so I’m still pretty new with a lot to learn, but I’m really thankful I found your channel. Serious kudos to you. I see daily, in-depth posts from you and it’s seriously impressive. Keep it up and best of luck!
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  57. So cpu and gpu wise it gets outclassed by a 3 year old smartphone and it does not support plex.
    For the life of me … I can’t see the value of this product when still existing the TS253 or the even cheaper Terramaster F2-210.
    Who will buy this?
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  58. Got to say, the X20+ was way better suited for home users for the media performance, these X23+ are made mostly for offices. Is Synology ditching the home user base? I’m seriously considering other brands from now and Synology was my go to for years.
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  59. On the face of it Synology have lost the plot and the majority of home users who use their NAS as a media server, like me, won’t be buying a Synology next.
    Yes, this is an entry level device but if this was 1985 it would be perfect. This is a sad attempt and is a sub entry level NAS
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